I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was a little more fruitful and productive than usual.
Picked up my modest winnings for my second place FFL finish on Saturday night. Then I picked up $25 or so in our usual friendly($.50, 3 bumps) round of poker. The only down side was I got home late enough to see the time go from 2:00 to 3:00. I occasionally stay up until 2:00 and groan at myself for the bleary morning that's sure to come, but seeing another hour blink away too was almost gruesome. I'm still feeling out of sorts today.
By the way, if you elect me President of the United States, I'll declare time-change Sundays to be "Wait, is that clock right?" Days and the following Mondays will be national holidays.
I'm not too happy with Dell right now. A desktop I bought back in October suffered a total hard drive failure on Thursday night. I can't get anything off it at all. All of the important stuff is backed up, but there are a few minor things that weren't and I'm mildly annoyed about that. What's also annoying is that I placed the call to Dell early Friday afternoon expecting that my Next Business Day warranty meant a tech would come out on Monday with the new hard drive. Nope. Apparently Next Business Day now means 2-3 business days in Dellspeak. I complained to the technician who was working the case that Next Business Day meant Monday, but I gave up after getting "Yes sir, it will be 2-3 business days" three times. At this point a tech is slated to come out tomorrow. We'll see what happens.
One of the things I got done on Saturday was picking up the supplies I need to start seedlings for the garden. One sister gave me some interesting tomato seeds at Christmas time, so this year I'm going to try to grow plants from seeds as opposed to buying plants that are ready to transplant in May. Since I'm doing tomatoes, I might as well do my own peppers and cukes as well, right? I've got to do a final tally this week, but between me, Mom, and my brother it looks like I will be trying to grow about 24 plants from seed this spring. The goal is to get the ones needing eight weeks started on Saturday so they are ready to transplant shortly after our last typical frost date up here, which is May 10 or so.
We were supposed to get 3-6" of snow over the weekend, but it turned out to be just rain. At this point it's probably better that the moisture ran off and didn't add to the snowpack we already have. If we're going to keep getting moisture now I would just as soon see the sun start working on thawing the ground so the water starts sinking in. We are technically in a fairly severe drought across most of the state because low soil moisture has been frozen in place since last fall. The sooner moisture can start working into the soil the better.
One of my friends, one of the other FFL team owners, informed us Saturday night that he has another spot on his lung and he is going in for a biopsy today. He first beat the Big C about ten years ago when testicular cancer spread to his lungs. It probably is cancer again as he says the blood markers for that are elevated. The good news is that the numbers are low enough this time that if it is cancer, they caught it early. Any prayers or good wishes you care to send Marty's way are appreciated.
Marty's situation underscores the importance of early detection. Girls, check your girls. Boys, check your boys.